A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Journals"
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Love in the Time of Cholera"
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, (speech at Greenville, N.C., Feb 8, 1963)
A man who finishes a book is always alone when he finishes it. Nora Ephron, "Scribble Scrabble"
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. Alexander Smith, "Dreamthorp: Essays Written In The Country"
A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children. Holbrook Jackson, "All Manner of Folk"